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Current Productions

Audition Workshop for Beauty and the Beast, Oct. 21st

4pm in the Black Box Theater. Come work with resident choreographer Eia Waltzer. 


Learn how to...

  • Navigate the audition process

  • Choose the right song for your voice

  • Work with the piano accompanist

  • Dress for the audition

  • Grapple with the dance audition

  • Prepare for Callbacks

  • Come with questions for the BHS production of Beauty and the Beast! Click the Flyer for more Info

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Audition Information for Beauty and the Beast

Audition packets will be available in the Black Box/NE224 starting 11/01/21

Sign up for an audition time in the Black Box


Auditions take place over 3 days:

Tuesday Nov. 30, 3:45 in the band room: 

Auditionees must prepare a song from a Disney musical of NO MORE than

1 verse & 1 chorus (16 bars). You MUST supply sheet music for the accompanist. 


Weds. Dec. 1  Dance auditions

In small groups, led by our choreographer; you will not be dancing alone.

Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes.

All students MUST attend dance auditions to be considered for a part.


Thurs. Dec. 2 Call backs, including reading


Cast List will be posted shortly after and students decide whether they want the role. 


Kids build all sets and costumes.  Another school is also putting on Beauty & the Beast this year, so we may share props, costumes, and/or sets.

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Our 2021-2022 theatrical season


The Ballard High School Playmakers have announced the theatrical line-up for the school year: 


Fall: We’ve had to cancel our fall play. Due to the pandemic and newest guidelines, we are unable to hold live performances until after November. 


Winter/Spring 2022: Beauty and the Beast musical

Revisit Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, featuring music from the beloved animated film and new songs written just for the stage version!

March 17, 18, 19 and 24, 25, 26 


Spring 2022: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Theseus and Hippolyta prepare to marry, a misunderstanding erupts amongst lovers, and an acting troupe prepares for the stage—all under the watchful eyes of mischievous fairies.

May 12, 13, 14 and 19, 20, 21


Buy a Seat Campaign

Want to be a part of the BHS PAC forever?

“Buy” a seat in the Performing Arts Center for $50 and we will place a plaque with your name on the arm. You can use the opportunity to remember a loved one, print a favorite verse or name of a performer, or simply mark your thoughtfulness. These funds will contribute significantly to the Ballard High School theatre.

400 seats are available. Don’t be left standing … choose your seat TODAY!


Meet the Director - Theater

Shawn M. Riley (Director of Theatre) is in his seventh year at Ballard High School, coming to Seattle after a long successful stint at Capital High School in Olympia, WA.  

A graduate of Minot State University (Major: Bs.Ed.in English and Communication Arts, Minor: Humanities), he also studied Art History and Classical Studies at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, finally receiving his MFA in Directing and Acting from The University of Portland. While at UP, Mr. Riley was nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition, and was twice named one of the top 15 actors in the nation by the American College Theatre Festival/Kennedy Center in Washington DC. This achievement coupled with his achievements in the music department led to the creation of “The Shawn M. Riley Award” for outstanding contribution to Theatre and Music. This award is given annually to a graduating senior. 


Mr. Riley has directed and designed at the high school, university, and community levels with some of his favorite projects being Lonely Planet, The Love of The Nightingale, Les Miserables, Little Women: The Musical, Cabaret, Songs for A New World, A New Brain, and Batboy. Graduates of Mr. Riley’s have gone onto major acting and performance schools in the country which have led them to Broadway, film, and television. He could not be more proud of their successes. 


With over 70 shows under his belt, multiple 5th Avenue Musical Theatre nominations (including four Best Musical and Best Director nods), invitations to participate in the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland (2007 and 2013), Mr. Riley is a proud performer and instructor who can be heard touting his students’ accomplishments by saying, “I don’t do high school theatre. I do theatre with high school students!”

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Mr. Shawn M. Riley
Director of Theatre
Ballard High School